The Chinese word Te
has the same meaning as the words
The Teachings of Taoism, i.e.
Teachings about Tao and Te, were described by great
Chinese adept Lao Tse in His treatise
Tao Te Ching.
The following excerpts from Tao
Te Ching contain a description of Te:
"Te comes out from Tao. And Tao
abides in the Primordial Depth.
"Te is That Which acts and drives.
It is as mysterious and hidden as Tao. Yet It also
"It can assume a form.
"It possesses Power. Its Power is
superior to everything existing in this world.
"Te can be seen. From ancient
times till present, the Voice of Te sounds and tells
the Will of the Creator to the entire material
"Where can I see the countenance
of Te? Everywhere!
"... Tao creates beings; Te nurses
them, raises them, helps them to develop, to mature,
takes care of them and supports them.
"These beings grow as souls,
develop, and achieve the Perfection.
"Therefore, there is no person who
would not be obliged to worship Tao and Te.
"Tao and Te coerce no one; They
give to all beings the possibility to develop
according to one’s own freedom of will, in a natural
Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching (online book)